European Rail Discovery
15 or 29 days from £1,327 (was £1,369)
- Discover Europe by train and visit eight different countries with a group of likeminded travellers
- Explore Amsterdam and soak up the city vibes in cosmopolitan Berlin
- Sail down the Vltava and visit Vienna’s stunning palaces
- See Venice by gondola, tour the Colosseum in Rome, get romantic in Florence, and visit the leaning tower in Pisa
- Take a private scuba dive trip in glamorous Nice and sightsee in beautiful Barcelona
- Fall in love with Paris and visit the city’s most iconic monuments
Explore eight gorgeous countries across Europe without ever stepping foot on a plane. On this incredible group tour, you’ll get to stay in some of Western Europe’s most remarkable, historic, and romantic cities, making your way from one destination to the next by train. You’ll make the journey with a tour leader and a group of likeminded travellers, who will become firm friends by the end of the tour. Choose our 15 day option and travel from the UK to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Venice, or do the full 29 day trip and add in Rome, Florence, Pisa, Nice, Barcelona, and Paris. With an itinerary packed full of fun and interesting activities, but with enough time to go and do your own thing by yourself or with new friends, this is the ultimate European travel package.
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Day 1: London to Amsterdam
Meet your tour leader and the rest of the group today before hopping on the Eurostar to Amsterdam. Get to know your group better this evening with a few drinks in the capital.
Day 2-3: Amsterdam
You’ll have some free time to explore Amsterdam at your leisure over the next two days. Visit the Rijksmuseum or perhaps a hire a bike and explore the city on two wheels.
Day 4: Amsterdam to Berlin
Making our way to Berlin today, we’ll enjoy a couple of welcome drinks on arrival before you’re free to explore our budget eats!
Day 5-6: Berlin
Our first full day in Berlin will see us head to the East Side Gallery where you will see a series of murals painted directly on the Berlin Wall. Enjoy discovering one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities over the next couple of days. Peg a few must-dos to go and see while you’re here and try out the local Badeschiff with the group followed by an evening of drinks and karaoke!
Day 7: Berlin to Prague
Today we’ll hop on another train, this time making our way to beautiful Prague. It’s a picturesque journey, so sit back and enjoy the view, or use the time to catch up on a bit of reading or sleep.
Day 8: Prague
Spend the day enjoying your fairy-tale surroundings before finishing up with a sunset cruise along the Vltava River with views to die for. Prague at night is stunning!
Day 9: Prague to Budapest
Hop back on the train and cruise southeast to the gorgeous city of Budapest. Spend the evening settling into life here.
Day 10-11: Budapest
Enjoy two free days to explore Budapest. A visit to the famous Szechenyi baths is included (use this time to soak your travel-weary muscles!).
Day 12: Budapest to Vienna
Our next train takes us to Vienna, Austria’s charming capital. Time to hit the water as we go paddleboarding on the Danube before wandering the charming streets of this magnificent city.
Day 13: Vienna to Venice
Spend the day chilling out with the group on the riverbanks of the Danube. In the late afternoon we’ll pack up and make our way to the station, this time boarding a sleeper train to Venice.
Day 14-16: Venice
Jump on a vaporetto and cruise along Grand Canal, hopping on and off to explore some of the 127 islands that make up Venice. Go on an included gondola ride to soak up the charm of this magical city at a gentle pace.
If you booked the two-week option, your tour will end in Venice on day 15. Your return journey to the U.K. is at your own cost. If you booked the four-week option, you’ll stay on in Venice.
For those of you on the 4-week trip, we’ll check out the islands of Murano & Burano for some gelato and insta worthy pictures before rounding off our stay in Venice
Day 17: Venice to Rome
We’ll make our way to Rome where you’re free to explore and dine on amazing Italian food.
Day 18: Rome
Today, you’ll get to go on an included group tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum to tread in the footsteps of ancient warriors and learn more about the monument’s history. After a slice of Ancient Rome, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the smallest country in the world, the Vatican.
Day 19: Rome to Florence
Jumping onboard our next train, we’ll make our way to Florence. We’ll visit nearby Pisa to visit the Leaning Tower to learn more about its famous tilt before heading back to Florence for our pizza fix & drinks.
Day 20: Florence and Pisa
Today you’re free to soak up arty Florence where you’ll want to catch sunset from above the city for fantastic views of the Duomo, the famous bridge and Tuscany.
Day 21: Florence to Nice
Travelling through the French Riviera, we’ll arrive in Nice this afternoon, where we might just catch the last few rays of sunshine before we head out into the city centre for a night of upmarket bar hopping.
Day 22-23: Nice
Enjoy two days in Nice. On one day, we’ll head out for our scuba diving excursion where we’ll sample the local marine life and Nice’s famous shoreline. Later, we’ll watch the sunset from the Promenade des Anglais.
Day 24: Nice to Barcelona
Arriving in beautiful Barcelona today, we’ll have the afternoon to explore the city at our own pace before regrouping in the evening for a night out.
Day 25-26: Barcelona
Over the course of the next two days, you’ll get to tour the Sagrada Familia and get to go to Park Guell for all things Gaudi, but the rest of your time here is yours to relax and sightsee as you like. On one of your evenings, you’ll have the chance to sample Tapas if you’re interested too!
Day 27: Barcelona to Paris
From Barcelona, we’ll make the journey to Paris, so sit back and get some sleep. On arrival, we’ll make our way to Montmartre and take in views of the Sacre Coeur before enjoying some drinks beside the Moulin Rouge.
Day 28: Paris
Explore Paris at your own pace today. We’ll wrap up our incredible Euro adventure at the Montparnasse observation deck to catch the sunset over the city.
Day 29: Paris to London
We bid au revoir today as we board the Eurostar back to London. Don’t forget to swap details with your new friends!
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- All transport
- 28 or 14 nights' accommodation (depending on which itinerary is booked)
- Dedicated tour leader
- Seat reservations on high-speed rail and night trains
- Breakfast in every hostel where available
- Sunset river cruise in Prague
- Amsterdam pub crawl
- East Side Gallery visit in Berlin
- Szechenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest
- Paddleboarding in Vienna
- Gondola ride in Venice
- Colosseum & Roman Forum entrance (28 day trip only)
- Leaning Tower of Pisa excursion (28 day trip only)
- Boat trip with diving in Nice (28 day trip only)
- Sagrada Familia entry ticket in Barcelona (28 day trip only)
- Arc de Triomphe visit in Paris (28 day trip only)
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Meals (other than some breakfasts)
- Optional activities
- Return flights from Venice (for 15 day tour only)
As well as all your transport, your trip also includes 14 or 28 nights' accommodation depending which trip duration you choose. You’ll stay in perfectly placed and well-presented hostels and guesthouses during the trip, sharing dorm-style rooms with members of the same sex from your group. You’ll spend one night on a sleeper train from Vienna to Venice on a comfortable six-berth couchette.
Some breakfasts will be included during your trip but no other food or drinks will be provided. This is an opportunity for you to try out different country cuisine, which is great, because Europeans make some of the best food in the world!
The trip departs from London at 9am on your programme start date, from there we'll be travelling by Eurostar to Amsterdam. If you need to travel to London, we recommend arriving the day before your programme start date and arranging an extra night of accommodation.
If you are on the 15 day trip, the tour will end in Venice on day 15, and you will need to arrange return flights to the U.K. Contact our flights team to book this journey in advance of departure.
If you are on the 29 day trip, the tour will end at St Pancras International Station in London on day 29 of the tour, at around 3pm.
This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-35 years.
UK citizens can travel to countries in the European Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.
All visa, passport and entry requirements are subject to change so we recommend travellers check the most up to date information with the relevant embassies before travel.
What's The Average Age Range Of People On This Trip?
This trip welcomes travellers of all ages, so it's difficult to put an average age to any one group. You might have a mix of people your own age or some older or younger than you. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll all have an interest in travel and an adventurous nature that should see you making friends in no time.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Yes. Travel insurance is a requirement for all of our trips and you’ll need to provide insurance details in your online account before you travel. Talk to us about this when you book for full terms and conditions – we can get a quote for you from our insurance partners if you like.
Do I Need To Pay Extra For Activities And Excursions?
All the activities listed on the inclusions list are included in the cost of your trip. Outside of these, you’ll need to pay for any activities, entrance fees, food and drink that you want. It’s worth setting a budget of around £250-£300 per week to cover extra activities and meals out.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.